The basis for all we are and do at Christ Community of Frisco is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "But what is the Gospel?" you might ask. The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome, "The gospel is ... the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." This Gospel power is not simply about sharing a message, doing better or being nicer, but about a God-generated renovation of all of life. In so doing He gives us a new object of worship, new fuel for life and a new purpose for the future. The Gospel does this because it is first and foremost outside of us. Out of this fountain of power flows mercy, forgiveness and love-in essence transformed lives. Moreover, this fountain is not generated from within us-from our efforts, experiences or knowledge. This fountain is found outside of us in the amazing and historical work of Jesus-his life, crucifixion and resurrection. His finished work alone restores, forgives and empowers sinners in a God-directed life.
To be captivated by the Gospel
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” There are countless things in this world vying for our affections, but none will ever make us truly happy. The Bible teaches that the only way for anyone to be truly happy is to embrace Jesus Christ, to delight in who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and has promised to do in the ages to come.
To be transformed by the Gospel
The Gospel not only has the power to save us from our sin, but we also believe that it has the power to change us. The Gospel is not just about having a good “fire insurance policy”, but also becoming a new person (II Corinthians 5:17), Christ living in us (Galatians 2:20), and being transformed more and more into His image (Romans 8:29; II Corinthians 3:18).
To give "gift" away the Gospel
In his book Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper says, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” At Christ Community we seek to engage our neighbors and the world with the Gospel in both Word and deed so that God may work through us to draw worshippers to Himself.
One of the primary ways in which we seek to captivate ourselves and others with the glory of the Gospel is through Christ-centered, biblically-based worship. This is pursued through weekly corporate worship where we listen as God speaks to us through His Word. We respond to Him, and His acts on our behalf, through our prayers, confessions, songs and fellowship.
There is no such thing as a “Lone Ranger” Christian; we are not meant to live the Christian life alone. One of the main ways God works to transform us is through community, which consists of living life together, praying for one another, loving one another, bearing one another’s burdens, and stirring one another up toward love and good works. Through such regular gatherings the Gospel is internalized and the body of Christ is strengthened.
“Giving or ‘Gifting’ away the Gospel” is accomplished through expressing the love of Christ in Word and deed both locally and globally. Locally, we believe the Gospel runs along lines of the networks of relationships we are a part of everyday. Globally, we support the giving away of the Gospel through knowing where is God at work; praying for and supporting those who are sent; and in some instances, going ourselves.